Pune, 13th January 2024: As the country gears up to celebrate Diwali amid the consecration of the idol of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, traders selling firecrackers in Pune have been granted a license extension. The extension period, spanning from January 16 to January 23, will enable traders to set up firecracker stalls in both private and public places across the city. Additional Commissioner of Police, Arvind Chawria, has issued directives to all police stations in this regard.
The request for the license extension was made by Shilpa Bhosle, the Secretary of the Firecracker Dealers Welfare Association. Bhosle communicated this appeal to Police Commissioner Retesh Kumaarr and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kumar. The move aligns with the upcoming installation of the idol of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on January 22.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the nation to mark the occasion joyously like Diwali. Responding to this appeal, Bhosle advocated for temporary licenses for traders selling firecrackers in Pune, facilitating their operation in private and public spaces. Acting on this request, Additional Commissioner Chawria has issued the necessary orders.
All police stations in the city had previously granted temporary firecracker stall licenses for the month of November in preparation for Diwali. The current extension, covering the period from January 16 to January 23, ensures continuity for traders. Additionally, Chawria emphasized in the order that the renewal process must adhere to the stipulated terms and conditions.
With the license extension in place, firecracker traders in Pune are poised to contribute to the Diwali festivities, aligning with the nationwide celebrations and the consecration of the idol of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.